#SKATEHOUR for Skateistan

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You’ve heard of Earth Hour right? Now we present to you SKATE HOUR. No need to turn out the lights, just get on your skateboard for Skateistan THIS SATURDAY!

Cooler Mag has teamed up with Mafia TV in a bid to raise money for Skateistan in their latest fundraising drive.

They plan to get everyone on a board for a Skate Hour at 6PM GMT tomorrow (Saturday 19th July) – To take part in the campaign, grab your board and hit the streets or your favourite park, then at 6pm upload a photo to instagram or twitter and use the hashtag #SKATEHOUR with your location and then donate to Skateistan. No donation is too small, every little helps!

“Skate and donate! All it takes is a matter of minutes to do something good and help us get an awesome collection of snaps from around the world.

Plus there are prizes from Vans, WeSC, Volcom, Roxy, Lovenskate and Stance Socks up for grabs for those who tag a picture in that hour and donate. We will choose our favourites for a special gallery and online vote!”

Find out more on the campaign to Keep Skateistan Rolling here.

Read more from Cooler Mag here

PUSH THE PROM GALLERY & COMP EDIT NOW LIVE!

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Sorry it’s taken a while to get these shots by David Lawrie up on the site, we have been SUPER busy skateboarding this month and have hardly been at home! We have however managed to put together a few clips of our … Continue reading

SGP SUMMER JAM THIS WEEKEND IN WEYMOUTH

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Join the Skate Girls Productions team at the Front Skatepark in Weymouth on Saturday the 12th July 2014 for a day of sun, skating, music, crafts, tie dye and more!

Girls only jam with some informal coaching, all ages and abilities welcome!

An after party will take place for the 18+ crowd at the Lazy Lizard, please see the poster below for more info!

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Sadie & Rosie have been working hard to bring you this event so if you’re in the area please show your support and head along to be Front Skatepark in Weymouth this weekend for a rad day out!

Check out the event trailer below…

Bay Sixty6 Girls Night TOMORROW

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Don’t forget that the FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH is girls only night at Bay Sixty6 Skatepark!
Skate with the likes of Helena Long, Georgie Winter, Carla Von Marx, Anita Almonte and loads of other lady rippers from 7:30pm until 10pm tomorrow on Acklam Road, London.

Keep up to date on the girls sessions via the Bay Sixty6 Facebook page.

Take a look at some photos from previous nights by Shov It Mag editor April Whitlow on her Website & more on her Facebook page.

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Click here to see the full gallery…

Sadie Osborne Talks Push The Prom

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We can’t thank Skate Girls Productions enough for filming for the Push The Prom event we hosted last weekend alongside Lucy Adams, and the super quick turn around of the edit. Sadie did a great job whilst her partner in crime Rosie was away for the week, and really fulfilled her brief of capturing the fun and carefree day that was had by all.

We caught up with Sadie for a chat on her experience of the day and how she went about filming the event…

“This was my first Go Skate Day where I was involved in something truly moving.
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I had travelled 3 hours to Brighton to be a part of Girl Skate UK’s Push the Prom. I automatically felt comfortable with the girls that were already there who organized the event.

The atmosphere was enlightened when more girls arrived at Hove Lagoon. I have never seen so many girl skaters before, It was amazing as very single one of them had a smile on their face. Everyone was helping anyone, whether it was sharing skate news from hometowns or showing each other how to do a trick. 20140627-002427.jpgI wanted to capture every aspect of the day so I went with the idea of shooting through the eyes of an attendee. I felt this was important because then you can really get a feel of what it was like to be there and hopefully get stoked for next year!!
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Filming the girls was far from difficult, everyone was so natural around me, never got annoyed at me being in anyone’s way, they welcomed me and helped me out. Sometimes I forgot I was filming when capturing insane tricks they pulled.

The main feeling that I got from the day I can only describe as; Family.
I honestly felt like all the people who attended Push the Prom were like a giant family. A family that you want to be a part of. A coming together of strangers that have just met but instantly click. 20140627-002412.jpg
Any body that skates or just love skating would love this event! This is the place where you can practice new and old tricks, be inspired by other skaters, fall on your ass and not get embarrassed and meet new people who love skateboarding and who will give you their support!

Because I was documenting the day I got the chance to see everything progress and unfold. I got to watch and capture all the emotions and the togetherness of the day. There was never a dull moment. There was endless talent, talent that I have never seen before and now am eager to see more! 20140627-003911.jpgThis is what Skate Girls Productions is all about, giving these girls out there the chance to show what they can do! Also to enlighten people around the world of this hidden talent using media technologies such as video and photography.

Alongside Girl Skate UK we want to show everyone what a fantastic day this was, how it managed to make a difference to all the girls that joined and gave them a day where they could take their passion and show it to the world!
It was truly amazing to watch a group of girls who barley knew each other come together so fluently over a passion they all held. Skateboarding.

I feel privileged to have been given the chance to capture it all.

- Sadie Osborne, one half of Skate Girls Productions

If you missed the edit, check it out here!

Push The Prom Footage!

Well, it’s been 3 days since we left Brighton after a full 48 hours of sun, sea and skateboarding and we are still buzzing. Our Push The Prom event celebrated International Go Skateboarding Day and marked the first official day of summer on June 21st. Over 100 skaters from up and down the country came to join us for our Push The Prom event on Saturday. The sun was shining down and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, it literally couldn’t have been any more perfect.
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Kirsty Tonner had the driving duties, and covered an impressive 225 miles from Sheffield to Brighton with Marion Fernande from France, Stoney Shi from China, Ayumi Powell from Japan, and myself in tow. We arrived late Friday night and stayed with Wings Chan & Fei Phoon at Wings’s university dorm. A lucky few had wooden chairs to sleep on whilst the rest made camp on the floor of the kitchen! 20140625-023532.jpg

After a somewhat cramped nights sleep, we got ourselves to the park for 8:30am and met Lucy Adams and Josie Millard who were busy getting things set up. Lucy dashed off for an interview with BBC Sussex about the event whilst the rest of us got busy.
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With the PA set up and the table of goodies laid out, we were all ready and waiting, 10am strolled around and only 10 or so girls were there.. It was a little nerve racking thinking that months of planning, arranging permits, funding & flat out promotion hadn’t drawn in quite the crowd we had hoped, when seemingly out of nowhere skaters were turning up by the dozen.
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Lucy got cracking with the teaching, gathering up the beginners for their first lesson whilst I hovered between groups asking the girls what they’d like to learn in the day. Our youngest skaters were Poppy & Betty, both 5 years old and getting well stuck in!
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The progression competitions were loads of fun with comps taking place on the flat bank and over the hip. Prizes were chucked out for anyone trying something totally new, it was rad seeing the girls really pushing themselves!
Charlotte Thatcher landed her first fakie heel flip on a bank, Claire Thompson was trying fakie tres and Marion won a Fabric deck for her kickflip over the hip that she had been battling with all day. Carla, Josie and Anita just banged out trick after trick whilst the newer skaters tried going down the ramps for the first time. Ella wood, a regular at Lucy’s Brighton She Shredder sessions surprised herself by learning how to go down the ramp fakie! So rad!20140625-023958.jpg

Olympic and XGames medalist Jenny Jones even popped along to check out the skating and pick up a few tips! She stuck around to hand out prizes, the coolest being a cruiser set up from Hoopla won by birthday girl Carla Von Marx!
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We gathered the troops around 1:30pm and embarked on our 3 mile skate along the promenade. There were SO many people skating with us, and loads more met us along the way that when we stopped off for ice cream the head count was creeping up to 100! We reckon It must’ve been the most amount of skateboarders Brighton seafront had ever seen in one place, loads of people stopped to take photos of the stampede!

A silver surfer named Liz in her 60s was skating an old school longboard and sporting a blue ankle length skirt with yellow blazer combo, making us all feel a little under dressed for the occasion!
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We finished the day with a girls
Mini ramp competition at The Level Skatepark Jam, where we met yet more girl skaters! One being 7yr old Hannah Maxwell from London who always draws a big crowd wherever she skates, busting out Tuck Knee grabs and 540 Bertslides all over the place. 20140625-030420.jpg

Lucy had been a little nervous in the morning at the thought of being on the mic but she absolutely smashed it all day and no one would ever have thought it was her first time! Nice one Luce!

After all of the girls comps we had sooo many prizes that we literally couldn’t give them all away, so donated some to the bowl jam that was taking place. It was great to see some of the girls were getting stuck in to the guys competitions too and totally holding their own.

Loads of us headed to the beach to soak up the last of the sun before heading to the after party for the Boardettes premiere. The rest of the night was spent drinking beers on the beach with live music and good company. A perfect end to a perfect day.
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We asked some of the girls what they thought, check out what they had to say!

Just amazing to see soooo many girls out!!! Think the boys at The Level didn’t know what hit them.” – Tracy Gray

It was such an uplifting feeling being a part of such a welcoming and positive event. Skating along the prom you could see the sight of a massive troop of happy skaters bringing smiles to the faces of Brighton. Awesome day, thanks!Zoe Holland

“I loved that there were longboarders and skateboarders combined, that the age range was from as young as 5yrs old having a go at the lagoon to over 60yrs pushing the prom, that a lot of guys took part in the push too, and even though the prom is a rough old route we were laughing so much – oooohhhh, and the pure pleasure of rolling onto the smooth bits at last!!” Sabina Edwards

“I had such a good day! It was great to see so many girls encouraging new comers! It was definitely one of the best girl skate events I’ve been to. I am so hyped for next year :) and I think that everyone killed it!” – Claire Thompson, Rogue Skateboards & Animal UK

“Very inspirational day, to skate with all the girls from all abilities and see a fast growing family of skateboarding! Such a rad day can’t wait for next year!”
- Charlotte Thatcher
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HUGE THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND TO EVERYONE WHO CAME! Nice one Kirsty, Wings, Marion, Stoney, Josie, Ayumi, Sadie, David, Ricardo, Suz & Sheree for helping out! We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support, Lucy and I are so stoked! 20140625-034119.jpg
Special thanks to Sadie of Skate Girls Productions who came to document the event, watch the edit above – we think it really captures the spirit of the day, and the level of participation!

We’ll have an online gallery from our photographer David up next week, once we’re home from the Girl Skate Jam at Pioneer on Saturday.

Summer has officially started and we have so much to look forward to!

Danni x

Coven Magazine Talks Girl Skate UK And Push The Prom

The brilliant Coven Magazine got chatting to our girl Danni this week about our upcoming Push The Prom event.

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Danni explains how and why she set up Girl Skate UK, female skating and the need for girls events, Push The Prom and what to expect on the day. When asked about her thoughts on the girl skate scene today, Danni says:

Yeah it’s definitely on the up! I only started when I was 20 so haven’t been around the scene as long as some of the other girls my age but in the past few years I think numbers of girl skaters in this country has increased dramatically. Either that or they are all coming out of their hiding holes since the invention of instagram! It’s a great platform to see other skaters and before starting the blog I had no idea just how many rad girls there are shredding up and down the country!

The bigger UK skate shops are starting to support girls a little more now, with Route One, Rollersnakes & Skate Pharmacy all having a girl on their teams. It’s great as it means there is more coverage in the way of interviews and adverts which will be inspiring other girls to give it a go!

Check out the full interview over on the Coven Magazine site here.

Push The Prom is our first official event and we’re super excited, it kicks off in Brighton TOMORROW (Saturday 21st June) and you can find full information and help with transport here.

How to Rock n Roll with Lucy Adams

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Head over to the Cooler site by clicking the image above to watch the first of the trick tips filmed by Neon Stash featuring the UK’s #1 female skateboarder, Lucy Adams.

Lucy will be coaching the lessons at our Push The Prom event on Saturday at Hove Lagoon Skatepark in Brighton, it’s totally free so come and join us!

For more info, visit our Facebook event page